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Pep Guardiola expects more from Erling Braut Haaland: – I think he can improve

Expect more: Pep Guardiola believes Erling Braut Haaland can do better.

(Leeds 1-3 Manchester City) Erling Braut Haaland (22) set a record thanks to his two goals against Leeds. Pep Guardiola (51) however believes the Norwegian is not at his best.

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Halland Two degrees guaranteed that he had 20 Premier League goals in 14 matches. No one has done it faster. Manchester City boss Guardiola still believes he has more to do.

“I had the feeling he wasn’t the same Erling we had in the early part of the season,” Guardiola told Viaplay after the match.

– Not at his best, as at the beginning of the season. In the post-match press conference, the City manager said it was only a matter of time.

Haaland suffered a minor injury to his foot before the clubs took off from a break before the start of the World Cup in Qatar. He did not play for Norway in the matches against Ireland and Finland in November.

When he started training he was not fit because of the injury he picked up at the end of the first part of the season. I have a feeling he’s still at his best. He scored two goals, but his speed needs more time. He played 90 minutes and scored two amazing goals.

Obviously, watching the toilet from the sofa was something that bothered Haaland.

– You charged the batteries. He said after the Leeds game that seeing other players score in the World Cup motivated and upset me.

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– He came back and started training, which was annoying him. Guardiola, who also experienced Haaland becoming the fastest to score 25 goals under his leadership, said he would have preferred to play the World Cup with Norway, hopefully they can do that next time. Previous record holder: Lionel Messi, who played 28 matches. Haaland managed it on the 20th.

Haaland had two great chances in the first half, and he could also score a hat-trick in the second half.

– I could have scored five goals. this is life. I have to train more, Haaland said.

Although he missed three great chances, he ended up scoring two goals after two assists from Jack Grealish (27).

In celebration, there were no big smiles nor the usual jubilant scenes Norwegian born in Leeds. His father Alfie Haaland (50) He played 87 matches for the club.

– It was planned. I didn’t feel like cheering. I respect Leeds, where I was born. Of course I cheer with Jack and say ‘good job’, Haaland told Viaplay, as there were some great assists.

The father and mother are in the stands, and the whole family is in the stands. It’s special. Haaland said: When I was young, I had a Leeds kit with Eric Backe on the back and a City kit with my dad on it.

Alfie Haaland played 45 times for Manchester City and it was clear that playing at Elland Road was a dream come true.

It’s not in my wildest dreams to play at Elland Road for a city against Leeds. You can’t even dream about it, because it’s so surreal, with a father who played for both clubs. Haaland said I am proud today.

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Manchester City ranks second in the English Premier League, five points behind Arsenal who won 3-1 at West Ham on Monday.

– Haaland said we have to chase Arsenal.

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